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TEHUACANA, TEXAS

Limestone County, North Central Texas
North Highway 171 and FM 638
6 miles NW of Mexia
6 miles E of Coolidge
41 miles SE of Hillsboro
46 miles E of Waco
36 miles S of Corsicana
Population: 307 (2000) 322 (1990)

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Tehaucana, Texas street scene
Tehuacana’s major intersection
TE Photo, June 2003
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History in a Pecan Shell

The town’s post office was called Tewockony Springs in 1847 – named after springs that had been named after the local Tawakoni Indians.

In 1852 the Tehuacana Academy opened, and the town became known as Tehuacana Hills – being the highest point of elevation between Dallas and Houston. The post office continued operation under the name Tewockony Springs, but it was renamed in 1869 after it reopened after a closing brought upon by the Civil War.

The Cumberland Presbyterian Church made Tehuacana the site of Trinity University and it remained there until it moved to Waxahachie in 1902.

The property was then sold to the Methodist Church, which opened Westminster College.

Westminster College merged with Southwestern University in 1942 but the school closed its doors in 1950. The school opened as Westminster Junior College and Bible Institute in 1953.
Westminster College Athletic Team and building, Westminster, Texas
Westminster College Athelic Team with school building in background. Photo courtesy Louisiana State Archives, Dawson Corley Collection. Special thanks to Bill Stafford, Research Library Supervisor
Stained  glass window
Stained glass from the top of a distant window is viewed from the clear bottom pane of another. (Westminster Building)
TE Photo, June 2003
Westminster College dome, Tehuacana , Texas
The remains of the building's clock tower await restoration.
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2006
Tehuacana Texas Westminster College
The building today without the tower.
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2006

A visit in June of 2003 found the old University building undergoing a monumental restoration. The Tehuacana public school (c. 1923) was in charred ruins and looks beyond any restoration attempts.

Tehuacana Texas public school
The Tehuacana public school
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2006
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1923 Tehuacana school, Texas
Looking up at the second floor of the former Tehuacana school – dated 1923. TE photo, June 2003
New Hope Church in Tehuacana, Texas
New Hope Church in Tehuacana
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2006
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The Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway came through in 1903 but was discontinued in 1942 when WWII created a need for the steel rails of short line and little-used railroads.

The population has fluctuated between a high of over 600 in the 1920s and a low of 265 in the early 1980s.



Tehuacana, Texas Forum

Subject: Tehuacana Texas
The church listed as New Hope is not closed. It is alive and membership is maintain and current services are being held as of today. Thanks. - Former minister/ pastor of the church.... Tony Thibodeaux, Waco Texas, March 03, 2008

Subject: Westminster College photo

Dear TE, I ran across this photo in our collections the other day and found your website. I believe it is the building you have on your website. - Bill Stafford, Research Library Supervisor, Louisiana Secretary of State, Archives Division, August 11, 2006

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